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WHAT IS BOWEN THERAPY?

It's relaxing, remedial and restorative!


WHAT IS BOWEN THERAPY?

Bowen Therapy is a gentle muscle release technique, created by an Australian Osteopath in the 1950s that involves gentle manipulation of muscles, tendons, fascia, ligaments, joints and nerves. The greatest effect though is on the body’s fascia as it envelops or is integral to all those structures.Fascia is known as the body organiser as it envelopes and separates every vein, artery, muscle and organ. Healthy fascia should be juicy, hydrated, fluid, allowing for easy range of movement and good posture.

Unfortunately Fascia can stiffen, contract, torque or dehydrate. Following a Bowen treatment it is not uncommon to see adhesions loosen up, scar tissue soften and posture and mobility improve without harsh mobilization or stretching.

All the structures that are activated during a Bowen treatment, whether skin, organs, joints or muscles, also have sensory nerves innervating them in order to give feedback to the spinal cord and the brain about the state of that particular structure – such as whether it’s hot, cold, stretched, contracted, painful etc.

When a challenge is placed on a muscle, and the muscle is gently stretched, receptors such as the golgi tendon organ and muscle spindles send information along the nerve pathways to the spinal cord, ferrying information to the brain

It’s far gentler than massage so suits people who don’t like a deep massage. It is done through the clothing and doesn’t involve oils.

The technique involves use of the fingers and thumbs in a series of rolling light touches, with little breaks in between moves.

An appointment takes from 30 minutes to 45 minutes, with the number of treatments dependent on the condition being treated and patient response.

Typically I see clients once a week for three weeks and then once a month or so although some people don’t need me again for a longer period of time. If you’re still doing the action that caused the issue in the first place, you would benefit from a monthly treatment.


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